Author Archives: MPC Staff

Smock an Alternating Cable Stitch

Cables, outlines, stems and waves – there are so many lovely smocking stitches we can combine to create beautiful smocked designs for our garments. Today, we’d like to share a step-by-step tutorial for the alternating cable stitch from our friends at Australian Smocking & Embroidery magazine. Also known as cable picot,...

Sew Matching Flower Motifs for a Girl and Doll

Yo-yo flowers pictured on the T-Shirt Dress from All Dolled Up. Create coordinating outfits for a girl and her 18-inch doll with help from these fun yo-yo flowers. Designed by doll dress designer Joan Hinds, these embellishments are super easy to make and are sure to brighten the day of your...

Choosing Fabric for Doll Clothes

Just like clothing for little girls, fashion for 18-inch dolls has many unique elements. Dresses, shirts, pants, skirts, jackets, sleepwear and accessories are all essentials for a complete wardrobe, and choosing the right fabrics to make these small garments is important. Below, we’d like to share some handy fabric-selecting tips with you...

Homemade Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Stitch Craft Create Gifts 2013 With the holidays around the corner, many of us are thinking about what kind of special gifts we can make for our friends and family members this year. Of course, garments, linens and home decor items are always popular and well-received, but there are lots of...

Create Stuffed Sewing Stash Pumpkins

Our finished pumpkins! With Halloween and Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it’s prime time to decorate your home with lots of fun seasonal décor. These whimsical stuffed pumpkins are impressive to look at, easy to assemble and the possibilities for embellishment are endless! Created by our design manager Leighann Lott, these pumpkins first...

Fall and Holiday Sewing Inspiration

October/November 2013 Fall is in the air, and the holiday season is right around the corner! Our newest issue of Sew Beautiful combines both fall and holiday sewing inspiration, so when you’re working on fall projects you can be actively planning your special holiday garments, too. Projects include a lovely lace overlay...

Make a Personalized Handkerchief Pillow

Handkerchief Monogram Pillow This lovely monogrammed handkerchief pillow designed by Gail Settle is perfect for a quick all-occasion gift. The monogram adds a personal touch, but any design can be stitched in the center. If you would like to make a quick ring bearer’s pillow, omit the monogram and stitch a...

Sew an Extra Stable Lace Finish

Sometimes small, simple changes can yield big results in our sewing. Today we’d like to show you how to sew an extra-stable lace finish along a fabric edge. Anyone who has sewn with lace knows what a delicate fabric it is. Using this technique will reinforce your stitched lace edge to...

How to Embellish with Whimsy Sticks

If you’d like to add whimsical embellishments to your next sewing project, Kari Mecca’s Whimsy Sticks are just the ticket. These creative tools are used to make playful and precise loops that can be easily transformed into an endless variety of trims and flowers. This simple technique of wrapping ribbons and trims...

Sewing with Lace and Entredeux

Our special edition, Sew Beautiful’s Favorite Heirloom Sewing Designs, is a collection of our most beautiful and inspirational articles, pictorials and free patterns. We poured over decades of magazines to bring you this “best of the best” publication, which also features a section full of tips and tricks for many frequently used heirloom...